Mental Health And Me

Last night we watched ‘Joe Wicks: Facing My Childhood’. The fitness coach who became famous during lockdown for his YouTube family fitness workouts discussed his Mum’s OCD and eating disorders… his Dad’s depression and addictions… how their mental health affected his childhood… Musing… Mental Health… Understanding… He wanted to understand his parents’ mental ill-health… PreviousContinue reading “Mental Health And Me”

I Haven’t Been There

Musing… yesterday’s conversations… Alice has been through a messy divorce… Erin’s been in pain for years and awaiting surgery… Andy’s wife has a mental health problem… Paul suffers with M.E… Daphne’s daughter is not expected to live much longer… I listen carefully. I try to understand. But I haven’t been there. This morning’s paper: ‘EmilyContinue reading “I Haven’t Been There”

The Lord’s My Shepherd

The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want;He makes me lie in pastures green.He leads me by the still, still waters,His goodness restores my soul. The shepherd is a familiar picture throughout the Bible. It recurs throughout the Old Testament – David knew his God as ‘my shepherd’; Jesus continues the image saying ‘I am theContinue reading “The Lord’s My Shepherd”

Acceptance – with Robin, Grizabella and David

Halfway down the stairs is the stair where I sitThere isn’t any other stair quite like itI’m not at the bottom, I’m not at the topSo this is the stair where I always stop Halfway up the stairs isn’t up and isn’t downIt isn’t in the nursery, it isn’t in the townAnd all sorts ofContinue reading “Acceptance – with Robin, Grizabella and David”

Ukraine And The Elusive ‘Where?’

Today’s paper… Day 79 of the Russia-Ukraine war: ‘Russian forces pounded areas in Ukraine’s east yesterday, including the last pocket of resistance in besieged Mariupol…’ ‘…Already the war has unleashed staggering destruction, killed thousands and forced millions from their homes…’ ‘…reporters heard explosions yesterday and saw plumes of smoke near the town of Bakhmut, anContinue reading “Ukraine And The Elusive ‘Where?’”

Good Plans, Sad Plans, Unplanned…

Our vegetable garden is progressing. Potatoes, carrots and onions are starting to show. Bean and courgette plants will go in this week. Good plans have been made. In a few months we shall be eating vegetables out of our garden. For many years we have dreamt of extending and improving the Seagull Theatre. We madeContinue reading “Good Plans, Sad Plans, Unplanned…”

Cost and Value

Headline in yesterday’s paper: Southwold beach hut on market for £250k – but may sell for even MORE. The article continued: ‘For comparison, £250,000 will today also buy two terraced two-bed properties in Lowestoft just 10 miles away. Selling agents Flicks are confident the quarter-of-a-million price will be achieved.’ I enjoyed breakfast with my friendContinue reading “Cost and Value”

Confession… good for the soul?

Yesterday we learnt of Denis Waterman’s death. We remember him as a tough cop in ‘The Sweeney’ and ‘Minder’ and more recently in ‘New Tricks’. We still enjoy TV crime dramas. At the end of many is the ‘confession scene’. The criminal is confronted with their crime and they admit to it. Previously there haveContinue reading “Confession… good for the soul?”